About Face Masks/Social Distancing – a Way Too Long Facebook Response

I’m going to try a new system for creating content. I reply to a lot of Facebook posts. I spend more time than I care to share doing this. Yeah, I’m that guy.

I’m going to start sharing some of my replies as it:

  • Reinforces that I stand behind what I’m writing,
  • Forces me to research my facts,
  • Produces extra much needed content with little to no additional writing,
  • May lead to one additional person reading my thoughts (thanks Mom!)

Today I responded to a post:

  • If the masks work, then what are we social distancing?
  • If social distancing works, then why are we wearing masks?
  • If masks and social distancing work, then why are our businesses closed?
  • If we can stand in line at the grocery store, then why can’t we stand in line to vote?
  • Because it’s not about the virus it never was.
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Support Local Journalism

Despite the health risks, Wisconsin went forward with their Spring 2020 election today. After a short, distanced wait I was able to turn in our absentee ballots, and I spent the rest of my day following updates from the polling locations. It really reminded me how important it is to have good local journalists reporting our news.

Times are tough, and the news industry is facing hard times like everyone else. If you are able, I encourage you to support your local news sources.

The local news papers/sites I currently subscribe to include:

While I enjoy these, there are many other deserving local news sources in the Milwaukee metro. If you read a site/paper often, look in to what you can do to support them. Ads don’t always cut it, and many companies are reducing their advertising spending.

In Person Elections During a Pandemic Is a Mistake for Wisconsin

It’s been frustrating reading the news about the election in Wisconsin this Tuesday. Our governor Tony Evers has called for the election timeline to be delayed a month, and allow the entire election to be handled by mail, but Republican state representatives are pushing for it be held in person as scheduled. This is the wrong way forward as it encourages people to leave their homes , increasing the spread of Covid-19, and force people to choose between voting, or staying home as they need to do.

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Downsides/Gotchas of using Projections in Episerver Find

Episerver Find is my preferred way to write searches for Episerver. It allows me to write search queries quickly using a LINQ like syntax I am familiar with, while leveraging Episerver’s cloud servers to do the heavy lifting.

While this does shift some of our server load to Episerver’s servers, the standard implementation still relies on my servers to load model data, and build view models. Generally this isn’t slow, but processing complex view models can hurt performance, and impact server load, especially as result sets increase in size, and complexity.

Projections allow me to specify which fields Episerver Find should retrieve data for, for a given query. I try to use them wherever it makes sense, since it allows us to display results with very little server load. There are a few downsides/gotchas that I’ve had to work through though.

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Debugging Episerver Find Queries

Episerver Find is a powerful search platform for Episerver, but it can be somewhat difficult to debug issues with. There are many posts on Episerver World discussing debugging with Fiddler, but none that describe how to configure it. I recently forgot myself and had to look it up again.

Add (or merge) the following to your development web.config:

<system.net>
    <defaultProxy
      enabled = "true"
      useDefaultCredentials = "true">
      <proxy 
        autoDetect="false" 
        bypassonlocal="false" 
        proxyaddress="http://127.0.0.1:8888" 
        usesystemdefault="false" 
      />
    </defaultProxy>
    <settings>
      <servicePointManager
        checkCertificateName="false"
        checkCertificateRevocationList="false"
      />
    </settings>
  </system.net>

Enable Filder to listen on the port, by going to Fidler -> Tools -> Options -> Connections, and setting the port number. Make sure “Act as a system proxy on startup” is checked too.

If Fiddler is having trouble reading HTTPS requests/responses, you may need to reset Fiddler’s HTTPS certificates.

Another Vote on Net Neutrality

There is going to be another vote on Net Neutrality. Unfortunately, it looks like as if it is only being used to influence the upcoming midterm elections. I don’t see how it could pass, and that is pretty disappointing. I was going to write more about this topic, with some updates, but instead I will post my original thoughts I shared when the initial vote happened.

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What Cars?

Every car/project that I documented and/or wrote about is no longer in my possession.

I junked my Integra in 2012 after the left rear lower control arm became disconnected and went into the trunk. It cut my brake line and would have been more work to fix than it was worth.

I sold my e30 in 2013. There was nothing wrong with it, but I needed something a little more modern and dependable. It never became the track car I had hoped, but it was fun while it lasted.

I parted ways with my Camaro in 2016. This one was a little bitter sweet since I had it for so many years, and had put so much work in to it. In the end I needed something different and found that in another car…